In the West Country

by Adam on 13, September, 2012

Ladies and Gentlemen of the Assembly

The Guvnors’ Assembly went way out West this weekend for the inaugural Velo Vintage Cream Tea ride however prior to this our esteemed hosts Alastair and Sebastian Cope arranged a little entertainment for us on the Saturday riding around the Exmouth boundaries accompanied by the Town Crier and a few local dignitaries,  hitting stones with sticks or “Beating the Bounds” as the event is properly titled.

Quite what the passengers on the Exmouth Express made of several Tweed Clad ladies and gentlemen hitting a rock on a shingle beach I afraid will only ever be known to those passengers.

The evening I am ashamed to say was spent in a local public bar having a pint or two before retiring to our various abodes to prepare for the following day’s high jinx.

Sunday morning we converged on the Town Square for the start of the ride, upon sign on we were presented with a small wax-sealed envelope containing our ride tags, a bright and shiny old penny (for the purchase of one Devon Cream Tea at the end of the ride) various cards from the event sponsors and a stamped card alluding to more such events in the future.

As is always the case whilst milling around, old friendships were renewed and introductions made on this occasion Mistress Brim joined us for the first time on her Pashley Penny, fingers crossed it will not be too long before she purchases a Guvnor after a test spin on Mr Boosters machine.

At 11.00 ante-meridian prompt(ish) we headed off to the Town Hall for a group photograph before the Town Crier set us on our way rather sportingly accompanied for the full ride by the Lord Mayor.

The route followed the river Exe over enough lumps to keep the ride interesting up to the Bridge Inn, a marvellous pub serving well kept cask beers along with a rather tasty pork pie and cheese, we were informed by the ladies that fruit was also available. All too soon Mr Cope rallied we riders for the return leg back to Exmouth along the same route.

Upon our arrival in the town square a calamity was announced, we had returned half an hour early and the kettle had not boiled for the tea. Riders being the resourceful types they are quickly returned to saddle bags and inside pockets producing hip-flasks and bottles by the score.

Cream tea served, Mr Cope went on to announce the various winners of the competitions, including “Best Moustache” for the men and the imaginatively titled “Best Neck Up” for the ladies sponsored by Mr TCP and the Guvnors’ Assembly.

Finally a special mention must go to Mr Fossil for winning “Best Bike” and Mr TCP for “Best Dressed Man” rumours of bribes and blackmail abound, however with no proof the awards were judged as having to stand.

In conclusion a big thank you must be given to the Alastair and Sebastian Cope our impeccable hosts for the entire weekend, looking after the Ladies and we Gentlemen far better than we could have ever hoped for, of course we cannot forget the sponsors for the event A Hume and our new chums Bikelands.

Until the Swiss Roll Ladies and Gentlemen.

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Wertie Booster September 21, 2012 at 8:41 am

Super write up Mr Adam – great account of a fabulous weekend.
Pip Pip


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